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New Tesla lawsuit accuses company of LGBT discrimination

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:07:00 -0400

(image) Tesla has just been hit with its second discrimination lawsuit in as many days. Just yesterday, the company was sued for racial harassment in its factories. A few months back, its diversity panel uncovered a slew of sexism. Now The Guardian reports t...



Wirecutter's best deals: Bose SoundLink Mini II speaker drops to $150

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:01:00 -0400

(image) This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list...



Volkswagen is building an electric supercar to tackle Pike’s Peak

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:40:00 -0400

(image) Last month, Volkswagen laid out a roadmap for its EV rollout, promising 300 zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. While it's certainly good PR to move the company beyond its lingering diesel scandal, it also follows other automakers that recently committe...



'The Daily Show' library of Trump’s tweets opens in Chicago tomorrow

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:20:00 -0400

(image) Back in June, we covered The Daily Show's presidential Twitter library in New York. After all, the frequency at which our Commander in Chief takes to Twitter is surely to become a part of his legacy. The library is now moving to Chicago, and you can...



Intel and Amazon partner on voice recognition tech

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:01:00 -0400

(image) Intel and Amazon are partnering to combine the former's silicon and smarts with the latter's Alexa voice platform. The chipmaker has introduced the Intel Speech Enabling Developer Kit to provide a "complete audio front-end solution for far-field voic...



Marvel and Netflix's 'The Punisher' will debut November 17th

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:39:00 -0400

(image) Marvel and its distinguished competitor will go head-to-head this fall. But rather than the brawl playing out at comic book shops, the venues will be your living room and local multiplex. Netflix has revealed that its latest Marvel superhero antihero...



Google considers 'fixing' the Pixel 2 XL's display colors

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:14:00 -0400

(image) While Google's Pixel 2 XL has generally been well-received, there have been some complaints about its LG-made P-OLED screen. It's supposed to reflect "natural" colors, but many see it as downright dull after years of seeing extra-punchy OLED displays...



51 percent of tech experts say fake news can't be fixed

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:53:00 -0400

(image) With content peddlers Facebook and Google still struggling to combat fake news, especially during crises like the Las Vegas shooting, the proliferation of such false content might seem like an unstoppable flow. If that's your opinion, you're in the (...



'Aztez': The bloody indie brawler that should've been big

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:30:00 -0400

(image) Imagine: It's 2012 and Matthew Wegner is sitting at his desk in the back of a one-bedroom apartment in Tempe, Arizona, pounding away at a keyboard. It's night but thick black drapes are pulled over the window; the room is suffused with dim yellow lig...



Amazon’s largest wind farm yet is up and running in Texas

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:18:00 -0400

(image) Greenpeace slammed Amazon earlier this week for its environmental practices -- namely, the fact that it doesn't disclose much about its energy use or materials. But today, the company announced that its largest wind farm yet is up and running. The Am...



Facebook’s news subscription service will debut on Android, not iOS

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:58:00 -0400

(image) Back in June, we learned that Facebook was working on a subscription deal with The Wall Street Journal. Then in July, more news pointed to the social platform launching a news subscription service which would layer a paywall above Instant Articles. N...



Congress seeks transparent online political spending with Honest Ads Act

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:47:00 -0400

(image) Following revelations that Kremlin-backed online actors bought and ran divisive social media advertising during the 2016 presidential election, three Senators introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at regulating online ad buys. If passed, it would requir...



Smart lock company August Home purchased by actual lock company Yale

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:33:00 -0400

(image) Smart-lock outfit Yale's parent company is buying August Home, in a move that may consolidate some of the smart lock market. The regulatory bodies involved are expected to approve Sweden-based Assa Abloy's purchase by year's end. "August Home strengt...



Huawei didn’t need American customers to become a smartphone giant

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:01:00 -0400

(image) On October 16th, Huawei announced its latest smartphone, the Mate 10, alongside a Porsche Design-ed version of the same device. In previous years, the phone might have been seen as little more than a me-too clone of Samsung's Galaxy Note. But these d...



Google and Microsoft troll each other over software vulnerabilities

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:45:00 -0400

(image) Google has a history of not playing nicely with Microsoft. The company has previously posted publicly about their competitor's software vulnerabilities, and understandably, Microsoft hasn't been very happy about it. But now, the company has turned th...



What it takes to be a drone racer

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:30:00 -0400

(image) One cold, dreary afternoon in 2014, Jordan Temkin took his drone to Chautauqua Park in Boulder, Colorado. He put on a pair of goggles that filled his view with the live video feed from the drone's tiny camera. He'd built the drone frame from scratch...



When VR meets human emotions (and sometimes, hallucinations)

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:15:00 -0400

(image) By its very nature, virtual reality is an immersive medium. But for Rama Allen, that bar is higher. The interactive artist and Executive Creative Director at The Mill has made a name for himself leading inter-disciplinary teams of designers, filmmake...



‘Star Wars Battlefront II’ turns the Empire into an unlikely protagonist

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0400

(image) Star Wars: Battlefront did a lot of things right, but it was criticized for not having a lot of depth, primarily due to the utter lack of a story-driven single player campaign. That's a shame, because the Star Wars universe is rich enough that fans a...



Gene therapy for advanced lymphoma gets FDA approval

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:46:00 -0400

(image) People with advanced lymphoma now have another type of treatment to consider. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Yescarta, a cell-based gene therapy designed to treat large B-cell lymphoma originally developed by the National Cancer Instit...



Alphabet invests $1 billion in Lyft

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:37:00 -0400

(image) Last month, we reported on rumors that Alphabet, Google's parent company, was considering investing in Lyft. Now, Lyft has announced that CapitalG, which is Alphabet's growth investment fund, is leading a $1 billion financing round in the car-sharing...



Verizon aims for spring 2018 to debut its streaming TV service

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:21:00 -0400

(image) We first heard that Verizon was interested in launching a streaming TV service back in March, but getting it off the ground has been a real struggle. It was originally scheduled to debut this past summer, though rumors had it slipping to the fall. No...



The best phones under $250

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) The iPhone X: $999. The Galaxy Note 8: $930. Even the more affordable Google Pixel 2 commands a significant investment of $650. Today's flagship phones are expensive enough that spending a significant chunk of your rent on a handset is seemingly the...



Adobe's 'Cloak' experiment is a content-aware eraser for video

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0400

(image) Glamorous show-reels from shows like Game of Thrones get all the fame, but a lot of VFX work is mundane stuff like removing cars, power lines and people from shots. Adobe's research team is working on making all of that easier for anyone, regardless...



The Surface Book 2's secret weapon is ceramic, says Panos Panay

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:45:00 -0400

(image) With the Surface Book, Microsoft delivered yet another way to rethink traditional computers. It resembled a laptop more than the earlier Surface devices, which were basically tablets with keyboard covers. But it also packed in one new trick: a large...



GoPro Hero 6 review: Slow-mo, stabilization and subtle refinements

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:30:00 -0400

(image) If you look at the GoPro Hero 6, it's nearly impossible to tell it apart from the Hero 5, even on close inspection. The older, silver GoPros used to have the model number marked in black text on the front. The only way to tell the most recent cameras...